I am considering these two usb cards as an upgrade to my X-Fi HD usb. Both are relatively new to the market. My primary purpose would be gaming. I would like to stay usb because my next rig will be mini-itx and will not have room for a sound card. I like to game on my headphones but I like to watch movies and videos with my speakers so I also would like to switch easily between my headphones and my speakers. I know you can do this with the Xonar just by clicking the volume knob.
As far as the Creative Omni goes what I like is the look, some of the features (scout mode, build in microphone, voice changing, 5.1 output), the optical output, My concern with this is that the SNR is relatively low at only 100. Does this spec even matter if I am going to use the optical output to go a receiver? What would be a good budget receiver to pair this with?
Anyone have experience with either?